August 2022 Indie Next List
“Jamie Ford explores the relationship of mind, spirit, and personal history in this gorgeous, multigenerational novel. The descendants of Afong Moy dig into their inherited pasts with astonishing results. A hopeful, beautiful read!”
— Beth Mynhier, Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, IL
From the very first chapter, I knew that I was going to absolutely adore and struggle to put down this one. Readers follow the lives of six female descendants of Afong Moy, the first Chinese woman to set foot in America in 1834. We experience the struggles and heartbreak that each of these women went through during drastically different times in history. Through Dorthy, Faye, Zoe, Lai King, Greta, and Afong herself we learn that trauma, like many things in life, is passed down from generation to generation. Dorothy and her young daughter, Annabell,are the most recent descendants of Afong living in the year 2045. In hopes of sparing her daughter from the deep depression that has plagued her her entire life, Dorothy seeks out an experimental treatment called Epigenetics in which patients experience events from their decedent’s past and the tramas that they experienced that have then been passed down/inherited through DNA. As Dorthy experiences more and more memories from her descendants' pasts, she also discovers that a deeply-rooted love is woven throughout all of their lives as well. Dorthy holds not only the key to her and her daughter's futures, but possibly the key to the women’s lives of the past as well. A haunting story that will stick with you, ingrained in your DNA, and be passed through the ages from one reader to the next.